Jack Conway, Whitney Westerfield receive Ky. Fraternal Order of Police endorsements

09/15/2015 04:21 PM

The same group that backed Republican David Williams in the 2011 race for governor is now backing Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway in the 2015 gubernatorial election.

The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, which has mixed their endorsements in recent years between the parties, is also endorsing Republican candidate for attorney general, state Sen. Whitney Westerfield.

The FOP previously endorsed Conway in his 2007 race and 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate. In 2011, however, the Kentucky FOP did not endorse Conway to be the state’s top law enforcement position, partly because Conway didn’t appear at the endorsement interview.

This year the FOP is once again backing Conway.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police,” Conway said in a statement. “As attorney general, I’ve been proud to work alongside law enforcement officers from across the Commonwealth to get real results for Kentucky families by fighting the scourge of drug abuse in our communities, protecting our kids online and cracking down on Internet crimes, and vigorously prosecuting child predators.

“Each day, the dedicated men and women who protect our streets and keep Kentuckians safe stand by us, and as governor, I will always stand by them as we continue working together to move Kentucky forward.”

In a statement, Kentucky FOP President Berl Perdue said the organization is “proud to support Conway in the governor’s race.”

“Jack is a friend of law enforcement and his long record of standing up for the issues important to us and critical to the public safety of our commonwealth made this endorsement an easy choice,” Perdue said. “We know that we can count on Jack Conway to continue supporting Kentucky law enforcement as our next governor.”

The FOP also supported Westerfield over Democratic candidate Andy Beshear in this year’s attorney general’s race.

“The Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer in Kentucky and the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the office’s most invaluable constituencies with more than 9,000 members across the state,” Westerfield said in a statement sent to Pure Politics. “I am humbled and honored that they trust my experience as a prosecutor and policymaker to be Kentucky’s next Attorney General.”

In a statement Perdue said, “Whitney’s experience working with law enforcement as a prosecutor and as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee made it an easy choice for the FOP.”

“We really appreciated Whitney’s outreach to law enforcement, regardless of political affiliation,” Perdue said. “We’re sure he will be a strong advocate for law enforcement around the commonwealth.”

Galia Slayen, communications director for Beshear’s campaign, told Pure Politics that Beshear “is proud to have strong support across the Commonwealth including the support of every living Attorney General and the endorsement of over 70 current and former prosecutors across the state.”


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